At Bright Star, we value the importance of the roles that educators and managers play in maintaining a high level of professionalism, supported by on-going professional development.
- We actively support the on-going professional development of all our teachers, and undertake regular performance appraisals.
- Team members will be empowered to take responsibility and contribute their strengths and competencies for the well being of the whole group.
- We are committed to upholding professionalism by applying appropriate behaviors in our practice that reflect this commitment.
- Our philosophy is a living document, and it is evident in our everyday practice.
We believe that relationships/Whanaungatanga are paramount to the provision of quality education and care.
- There are warm, respectful and reciprocal interactions between children and adults. Children’s interests are extended, and their strengths and abilities are promoted.
- We believe that working in partnership with parents and whānau is in the best interest of all children. We value a partnership that is founded on the components of open communication and consultation, mutual respect, trust and support.
- Relationships with parents and whānau are fostered through ongoing interactions and formal meetings. Parent and whānau involvement and contribution are encouraged and valued.
- We value and encourage the importance of the role that the community plays in a child’s learning journey.
We value the environment as the third teacher. We strive to provide an environment that is nurturing, safe, and stimulating.
- The environment and resources are rich in natural materials and well thought out educational tools, where children are nurtured, empowered and encouraged to explore their interests and discoveries.
- We strive to provide an environment where children and family can experience a homely feel that reflects the multicultural nature of our community.
- We value an environment that is aesthetically pleasing, and where everyone is passionate in the promotion of, and appreciation of beauty and wonderment.
- The outdoor environment provides opportunities for children to interact with the natural world, where they can make things and interact with their surroundings in ways they choose by themselves with teachers who collaborate with them in their discoveries.
We support and encourage children to become life-long learners.
- We acknowledge Te Whariki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, as a guiding document for our teaching practice. Our infant and toddler programme is influenced by the RIE Approach.
- We value the significance of exploration through play, to build strong foundations for continuous learning.
- We valued and encourage the practice of Ako and Tuakana-teina within our learning community.
- We believe that all children are unique, and that we are obligated to respond in a way that acknowledges both individual needs, and their development patterns.
- We welcome children regardless of their gender, ability, or cultural background.
We acknowledge the importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and support the multicultural nature of our community.
- We help children to develop understandings about our Whakapapa, and encourage children to be confident in their own cultural heritage.
- We actively collaborate with whānau and the community to continuously guide our multicultural practice.
- Our documentation, assessment and programme planning approaches reflect Tikanga Maori and demonstrate our commitment to multicultural practices.
- Our indoor and outdoor environment offers opportunities for all the children to explore bicultural concepts and values.